An American Classic: Apple Pie

makes 1 9″ pie

I’m going to a fourth of July barbecue tonight and what would be more perfect to make than the classic American dessert: apple pie?  Throughout my childhood my Nana has always made the most delicious pies and I have assisted.  Yet, I have never made a pie COMPLETELY on my own.  I’d definitely say this one was a challenge.

What you’ll need:

(for the crust):

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup vegetable shortening (room temperature)

1 egg

2 tablespoons cold water

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

(for the filling):

5 apples…I used three Golden Delicious and two Granny Smiths

1/2 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Get to work:

First, grab a large mixing bowl.  In that mixing bowl measure out the flours(if you prefer, you can use two cups of one type of flour).  Add the salt to the flour and mix it up.  Next, cut the shortening, make sure it’s room temperature(!), into the flour & salt mixture until the shortening looks lumpy.

In a different bowl beat together the egg, water, and apple cider vinegar(white vinegar works too).  Pour this mixture into your flour mixture until it is damp.  Roll your dough into a ball and cut it in half.  If your dough is very crumbly, like mine was, add an extra tablespoon or so of water (make sure the dough doesn’t get soggy!).  Split the dough in half and make them into balls.  Wrap them in plastic wrap and throw those suckers in the fridge for 15 minutes.

While you wait, peel, core, and slice your apples. 

In a large mixing bowl toss the apples with the sugar, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Set aside and preheat your oven to 400˚F.

Grab a half of the dough out of the fridge and put a bit of flour on the counter and your rolling pin. Roll it about an inch larger than the bottom of your 8-10 inch pie plate.  Place the dough in the pie plate and press it gently against it.  Pour the apple filling into the plate.  Next, roll out the second half of dough and place it on top, cutting any excess crust off the sides of the plate with a knife.  Cut four slits in the top of your pie.  

Place the pie in the oven for 30-40 minutes.  When it’s done cooking it should be golden brown on the edges.  Let your pie sit for an hour to let it cool and…TA-DAAH! Pie is ready to eat.

Have fun on this lovely fourth of July week!


Adapted from Bobby Flay’s Apple Pie

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